So, the new and “improved” plan sucks worse than the previous.
Changes that House Republicans have made to their health-care legislation would reduce savings in federal spending by $150 billion over the next decade — far less than for their earlier plan — and would still leave 24 million more Americans uninsured, according to congressional budget analysts.
The estimates by the Congressional Budget Office arrived late Thursday afternoon as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and the Trump administration were scrambling to corral enough support to put the legislation erasing major parts of the Affordable Care Act to a vote.
New Quinnipiac poll released today:
American voters disapprove 56 – 17 percent, with 26 percent undecided, of the Republican health care plan to replace Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Support among Republicans is a lackluster 41 – 24 percent.
If their U.S. Senator or member of Congress votes to replace Obamacare with the Republican health care plan, 46 percent of voters say they will be less likely to vote for that person, while 19 percent say they will be more likely and 29 percent say this vote won’t matter, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.
Talking Points Memo has a great roundup of what the hell is going on at the moment with the AHCA bill that may or may not be voted on today/tonight. At this point, I really wouldn’t be surprised at what could happen. There’s been a lot of press about how the GOP doesn’t have the votes, and that may be so. But I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of those GOPers on the fence don’t leap back to Team Trump at the last minute and it squeaks by. Nothing really should shock us at this point:
The day the House of Representatives was supposed to vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act dawned in disarray.
As of 9 a.m., the vote had not been scheduled. The House Rules Committee had not finished its markup of the bill after 13 hours of debate, and was scrambling Thursday to override the House policy of forbidding same-day votes on bills. A planned meeting of the House Republican Conference was canceled at the last minute, but lawmakers who hadn’t received that memo were seen wandering into the room. Negotiations on major policy changes that would impact millions of people are ongoing, making the likelihood of a Congressional Budget Office analysis of the final bill before the vote close to zero.
Wednesday night was equally chaotic, as pressure from the White House and GOP leaders failed to win over either the moderate or hardline conservative wings of the Republican Party.
NPR has a list of which Senators/Reps are for or oppose the AHCA. You can sort the list by state or by position. I’m in MA where everyone in Congress and the Senate is opposed but they are all Dems.
With a vote scheduled for Thursday in the U.S. House, it’s down to the wire for the American Health Care Act, the Republican-authored bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The bill would no longer require that Americans buy health insurance, and it would eliminate the current subsidies that are used to bring down the cost of premiums. NPR’s full coverage explains how those subsidies would be replaced with a fixed refundable tax credit and there would be big changes to Medicaid.
NPR and dozens of member stations have been collecting public statements from members of Congress to help the public understand where lawmakers stand on this issue.
Our reporting finds that Republicans have a slender path to secure the 216 votes needed pass the health care bill in the House (five seats are currently vacant, lowering the number the GOP needs for a majority from 218). No Democrats support the bill, and Republicans can only lose 21 of their members before the bill fails. According to the reporting of NPR and its member stations, at least 20 House Republicans oppose the bill while more than 50 have offered equivocal support for it.